ISLAMABAD - The director generals military operations (DGMOs) of Pakistan and India Tuesday established a telephonic contact and discussed the situation on the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary.

It was the first contact between the armies of the two atomic powers since the recent tensions flared on the LoC and the Working Boundary.

Over the two weeks, aggressive statements by the Indian PM and other officials added to the tension. Modi was reported as saying “now guns will speak”. This he had said after returning from the UNGA session where Pakistan’s PM Nawaz Sharif underlined the need for Kashmir solution. Modi’s bravado was seen as apparent frustration over Pakistan’s diplomatic move on the world front.

India had been hanging up on the Pakistani DGMO’s phone calls previously, though both sides are supposed to maintain a hotline contact.

“Contact was established on Tuesday,” confirmed a military official.

According to military sources, “Pakistan voiced concern at the continuing Indian firing across the disputed frontier and the Working Boundary.”

During the telephonic conversation between senior military officials of the two countries, the Pakistani official voiced concern over the intense Indian cross-border firing in the disputed frontier of Kashmir region.

The Pakistani director general military operations voiced apprehensions and informed his Indian counterpart about deaths of civilians.

Fifty incidents of violations by Indian troops have been reported during the period. At least 13 people have been killed and 64 others injured in Indian firing along the LoC and the Working Boundary over the past two weeks. Indian shelling has also triggered an exodus of people from the border villages.

Pakistan said last Friday that both countries shared a duty to defuse the situation, while India’s foreign ministry maintained that “de-escalation is now entirely in Pakistan’s hands”.

In 2013, the Pakistani and Indian DGMOs had pledged to uphold the 2003 LoC ceasefire accord.

Meanwhile, a team of UN Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNOGIP) on consecutive two days, Monday and Tuesday, visited the villages badly hit by Indian firing in Charwah, Chaprar and Pukhlian sectors on the Working Boundary near Sialkot.

“The UN observers met villagers, witnessed and gathered firsthand account of the damage caused to human lives and property due to recent Indian hostility,” an ISPR press release said.

“Lives of civilian population in border villages have been badly affected. Many people have left their homes and taken refuge in nearest safe places,” the press release said.

The observation team also visited Combined Military Hospital, Sialkot and met civilians injured by ‘unprovoked’ Indian firing.

Pakistan on October 9 had lodged a strong protest with the UNMOGIP over the recent border clashes and asked the UN team to visit the Working Boundary and the LoC.

“It is also relevant to highlight that Pakistan offers full access to UNMOGIP observers to investigate and bring the facts in front of the world. However, Indians have always been reluctant and deny access to UNMOGIP observers on their side,” the ISPR said.

APP adds: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday briefed the entire diplomatic corps based in Islamabad on the situation arising from the ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary (WB) by the Indian forces.

The briefing included a detailed presentation by a senior representative of the Military Operations Directorate to explain the ground situation and the frequency and intensity of the unprovoked and indiscriminate firing and shelling by the Indian security forces since September 30, 2014, and details of civilian casualties, injuries and damage to property.

The representative also informed the diplomats that efforts towards restoring peace and tranquility on the LoC and the WB through available means of communications were not fully responded to by the Indian side. On a few occasions of sector-level hotline contacts, the Indian side refused to acknowledge that its troops were firing, despite intense shelling on the civilian population in Pakistan, taking place at that time.

In his remarks, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi reiterated the policy of the government of Pakistan for establishing good neighbourly relations with India.

Referring to the positive overtures of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the previous and present Indian governments, he said early restoration of peace and tranquility on the LoC and the WB was of paramount importance to the region.

Fatemi expressed the government’s deep concern that the Indian ceasefire violations were increasingly targeting Pakistani territory across the Working Boundary. In the face of adversity, the people of Pakistan stood united with the government and the armed forces to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. There would be no compromise on the country’s core interests, the Special Assistant emphasised.

In the context of the long outstanding dispute of Jammu and Kashmir, he referred to the United Nations Secretary General’s repeated statements that UN resolutions do not fade away with the passage of time.

He underlined that the credibility of the UN system was at stake if its resolutions remained unimplemented as all member countries look up to this sole international body, to address issues relating to peace and stability.

The special assistant urged the diplomatic corps to brief their capitals on the prevailing situation and to impress upon India the urgent need to stop ceasefire violations, eschew provocative statements leading to war hysteria, and engage in a meaningful dialogue with Pakistan to resolve all outstanding issues through a sustained dialogue process.

The foreign secretary, in his comments, highlighted the outcome of the National Security Committee meeting, which he said, deliberated on the crisis created by India’s ceasefire violations.

The NSC, while expressing Pakistan’s resolve to exercise restraint and show responsibility, had underlined determination to protect the country against any threat to its territorial integrity.